col·​i·​se·​um | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce coliseum (audio) \

Definition of coliseum

1 capitalized : colosseum sense 1
2 : a large sports stadium or building designed like the Colosseum for public entertainments

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Synonyms for coliseum


bowl, circus, colosseum, stadium

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Examples of coliseum in a Sentence

the local coliseum is a standard stop for rock bands on tour

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The riverfront venue remains busy in the warm months every year while the college football coliseum goes mostly dormant from A-Day through August. Michael Casagrande |,, "Why there aren’t concerts in Bryant-Denny Stadium, the brief history of shows there," 15 July 2019 The redevelopment of the coliseum site would be Spinnaker’s most ambitious project yet in the city. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Spinnaker Real Estate Partners sees opportunity in new developments in New Haven and Hartford," 14 July 2019 With 10 lanes for tejo, the indoor coliseum is a more wholesome setting. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 And then the members of the committee, like the Roman coliseum, vote thumbs up or thumbs down on his nomination. Fox News, "Kevin Hassett talks corporate tax cut, rising wages," 24 Sep. 2018 Officials loaded the last bus to out-of-town shelters late Wednesday, transporting folks nearly four hours away to a coliseum in Winston-Salem. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hurricane Florence Threat Still ‘Catastrophic,’ Forecasters Warn," 13 Sep. 2018 The day in question, June 22nd 1994, was a typically scorching occasion inside California's Rose Bowl Stadium - a veritable modern day coliseum if ever there was one., "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - The Own Goal That Killed Andres Escobar," 13 May 2018 An important center of life under the Romans, with a significant port and a magnificent coliseum of its own, Arles was later to flourish in the 18th century. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Brief History of the Arlesienne Fashion Plates Who Inspired Alessandro Michele’s Cruise Collection," 8 June 2018 The modern, coliseum-sized Birmingham Arena was draped with the advertising slogans of a number of familiar brands. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Going to an e-sport event is like traveling back to the time when people followed sports for the sport," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of coliseum

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coliseum

Medieval Latin Colosseum, Colisseum

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English Language Learners Definition of coliseum

chiefly US : a large stadium or building for sports or entertainment


col·​i·​se·​um | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce coliseum (audio) \

Kids Definition of coliseum

: a large structure (as a stadium) for athletic contests or public entertainment

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